Articulus is a Google Chrome extension that can be used to adjust the readability of online webpages,
toggle distracting images and videos, and much more!

Downloading Articulus

To install Articulus, locate the extension on the Chrome Extension Store. Press "Add To Chrome" to install.

After installing Articulus, visit chrome://extensions and click "Options" to initialize the extension's settings. The default password is "hello." Type in the password and click "Enter" to show the hidden administrative settings.
A different password can be set at any time by unlocking the administrative settings, clicking "Set Password", and then entering your previous password and your desired password. Be sure to click "Set" to save your new password.

Customizable User Settings

User settings include enabling highlighting, setting a single highlighting color, enabling automatic removal of ads and automatic removal of images. Saving will put your changes into effect.

How to: at chrome://extensions, clicking "Options" will open the settings. The options that are available before entering a password are the user settings, which can be accessed at anytime. Checking or unchecking the different options will enable or disable those features.

Entering your password will grant access to the administrative options. As with the user settings, checking or unchecking options will enable or disable those features.
Additional options within the administrative options include changing the reading level with the reading level selector, enabling automatic increase of webpage font, automatic adjusting of webpage readability, enable adjusting of multiple passages using the highlighting feature, and locking the reading level, which will remove the ability to change the reading level from the dashboard.

Context Menu Settings

There are many options available within context menus, including the ability to change settings from the webpage.

How to: right-click on a webpage and hover over "Articulus" to reveal the extension's context menu. Click the "Open settings" options to open a popup of the extension's settings. Changing any of the options in the settings popup will behave the same as changing the settings by going to chrome://extensions and clicking "Options."

Articulus

Articulus will adjust webpages based on set reading levels.

How to: click on the "Articulus" button to adjust the page for the specified reading level that was set in settings.

Popups

Hovering over a changed word will bring up a popup containing the original word that was replaced. Double clicking on the original word in the popup will bring up the dictionary definition of that word.

Automatic Adjustments

There are several automatic options available that will perform functions without having to click a button

How to: go to settings and enter the administrative password to access administrative settings. Click the "Automatically adjust the readability of a webpage" option and press save.

User Synonym List

To further customize Articulus, users can create their own synonym lists.

How to: to add words to the user synonym list, select a word, right-click on the webpage and click "Change default synonym." An alert will appear asking for the synonym to replace the selected word. Type in your synonym and click OK. Articulus will always take user lists into account first before adjusting the words through any other mean.
The full user synonym list can be viewed by right-clicking on the webpage, hovering over the "View user lists" option in the Articulus context menu and clicking "View user synonym list."

User Ignore Word List

Users can also assemble their own lists of words for Articulus to ignore, or not replace with a synonym.

How to: Right-click on the webpage, click "Add word to not replace" and type in the word to ignore in the alert that appears.

How to view lists: The full user ignore list can be viewed by right-clicking on the webpage, hovering over the "View user lists" option in the Articulus context menu and clicking "View user ignore list."

Resetting Lists

Users lists can be reset at any time.

How to: right-click on the webpage, hover over "Reset lists" in the Articulus context menu, and click "Reset synonym list."

This option is also available for the user ignore list.

How to: right-click on the webpage, hover over "Reset lists" in the Articulus context menu, and click "Reset ignore list."

Page Statistics

Users can see how difficult a webpage is based on the Carnahan-Gelbaugh, Flesch-Kincaid, and Coleman-Liau metrics.

How to: click on "Page Stats" to get a popup of the current webpage's reading levels, using the Carnahan-Gelbaugh, Flesch-Kincaid, and Coleman-Liau Metrics. Click on the reading level menu to select the current reading level, if enabled in the dashboard. To enable, visit chrome://extensions, click "Options" and make sure 'Lock settings' is unchecked, then "Save."

Adjust A Single Passage

Articulus will allow users to specify what passages they would like adjusted, including single and multi-passage adjustments.

How to: select a paragraph (or multiple consecutive paragraphs), right-clicking and then clicking "Adjust paragraph" will find complex words in the selected paragraphs and adjust those words for readability.

Adjust Multiple Passages

How to: using the highlighter, highlight multiple passages and then click on the "Adjust A Passage" button to have only your selections altered, rather than the entire page. This method may be disabled in your settings. Use your password to access administrative settings and enable adjusting of multiple passages.

Open Original Page

Users can view what the original page looked like prior to any Articulus changes.

How to: click on the "Original Page" button to open a popup of the page before changes.

Dictionary Button

Users can access dictionary definitions either through the Dictionary button in the dashboard or through the context menu.

How to: highlight a word and then click on the "Dictionary Lookup" button to receive a popup containing the word's definition.

Dictionary Context Menu

How to: select a word, right-click on the webpage, hover over the Articulus context menu, and click "Define word." A popup containing the word's dictionary definition will appear.

Remove Ads

Users have the option to remove any ads from a page, including pictures and videos

How to: click on the "Hide ads" button to remove ads from the page.

Toggle pictures

Users can remove all pictures from a webpage or view them again once they have been removed.

How to: click on the "Declutter" button to toggle images and videos from the page.

Changing Font Size

Users can completely control the sizing of font of a webpage by increasing, decreasing, or returning it to its original size.

How to increase: click on the "Increase font" button to make text on the page appear larger.

How to return: click on the "Original font" button to restore text to its original size.

How to decrease: click on the "Decrease font" button to make text on the page appear smaller.

Automatic Font Adjustment

Users can set Articulus to automatically increase the font of webpages when they load.

How to: go to settings and click "Options" and enter your administrative password to access the hidden settings. Click the "Automatically increase page font" option and press save. Refresh the webpage that you want to change.

Highlighting

Users can highlight selections of text in several different colors as well as erase their highlights.

How to highlight: select a section of text you wish to highlight and click the "Highlight" button to highlight. Change the color using the drop-down menu of colors and select the desired color if color selection is enabled in the dashboard. To enable, visit chrome://extensions, click "Options" and ensure enable highlighting is checked, then "Save."

How to erase: select a section of text you wish to unhighlight and click the "Eraser" button to remove the highlight.

Setting highlighting color

If users or administrators don't want so many highlighting color options, they can select a color to be the "default" highlighting color.

How to: access settings, click "Options" and check the "Set highlighting color" option, selecting the color you desire from the drop-down menu. Click "Save" and refresh the webpage you want to change.

Help

To review all of these options and the function of each button, users can access the help popup from the help button.

How to: click the "Help" button to bring up this menu for help.

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